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Working 4 you: Teal pumpkins hope to make Halloween less scary

Halloween can be tough for kids with food allergies, and that's why one organization wants Halloween to go teal this year.�

The Teal Pumpkin Project comes from the Food Allergy Research and Education Organization, who hopes to make Halloween a little less scary.�

Popular food allergies for kids include dairy, nuts and soy, some with potentially deadly effects. Unfortunately, a lot of Halloween candy includes these ingredients.�

That's why the organization started the Teal Pumpkin Project, encouraging people to put a teal pumpkin outside their door if they are offering non-food related treats for kids with allergies.�

The group suggests giving small toys, stickers and crayons as an option instead.�

The idea is getting a huge online response. The group's first Facebook post reached 2.7 million people in just 72 hours.�

But if you do want to give out "safe" Halloween candy instead of toys, make sure it's in a different bowl so it can't be contaminated.�

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Spokane beauty queen with a heart of gold

Spokane beauty queen with a heart of gold

A Spokane beauty queen hopeful wants to use her platform as Miss Nine Mile Falls to spread an important message about inner beauty and self respect to youth across the state.

Rebecca DeLong says it was her rough high school experience that makes this message so dear to her heart.

“I was really badly bullied growing up,” DeLong said. “I was told that I wasn't worth it, that I was fat and that I didn't have the look to be on the cheer squad. It really got to my heart.”

DeLong says she struggled with both self harm and an eating disorder before entering the pageant track and making an important realization.

“It took me getting involved in pageants to realize that I need to love myself,” she said. That discovery and the pain it helped her to overcome is what is encouraging her to continue competing and hopefully launch her non-profit organization – tentatively named Girls United – in a few months.

Zombie Run fundraiser at Comstock Park Saturday

Zombie Run fundraiser at Comstock Park Saturday

Dozens of local theater students are donating their time and resources to help pull off the second Apocalypse Corps event of 2014.

After the success of this summer's Zombie Run in August, the volunteers are back for another one, this time in Comstock Park.

As actors, writers and makeup artists, the volunteers have have a wide set of skills to help this be a successful fundraising event.

“We were researching local charities that may need some financial help, and we stumbled upon Vanessa Behan Crisis Nursery,” said Apocalypse Corps founder Adin Haines. “After taking a tour of the facilities, I immediately fell in love. They are such caring people who give up their time to provide many different services to families in need and we wish to raise as much money for them as we can.”

Watch for endangered runaway from Coeur d'Alene

Watch for endangered runaway from Coeur d'Alene

Coeur d'Alene Police detectives are searching for endangered runaway 17-year-old Nicole Rene Agnew. She was reported missing by her mother on October 6th. She stated her daughter had run away from home on October 1, but been spotted as recently as October 7 in the Coeur d'alene City Park with a 22-year-old man named Derek Harrington.

Nicole's mother believes Nicole may have left the area for Spokane, but could return and is using the City Link bus for transportation.

Nicole is 5'8”, 135 pounds with brown hair and brown eyes.

Anyone with information on her whereabouts is asked to call Coeur d'Alene police at (208) 769-2320.

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FEMA wants you to participate in earthquake drill Thursday

FEMA wants you to participate in earthquake drill Thursday

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) is encouraging participation in a national earthquake drill this Thursday, October 16.

FEMA says over 40 states are at risk of earthquakes, but surveys report fewer than one-third of adults have participated in a drill in the last year. That's why they're spreading the word about this year's Great ShakeOut.

“Past practice and previous participation in a drill can make all the difference in an emergency,” FEMA administrator Craig Fugate said. “Everyone should know how to drop to the ground, cover themselves under a sturdy table or desk, and hold on to it until the shaking stops. It needs to happen with enough regularity that it becomes second nature during an actual earthquake.

At 10:16 am local time, participants should do the following:

Local high schools collecting safe driving pledges

Local high schools collecting safe driving pledges

Two local high schools are competing in a nation-wide campaign for the chance to win $100,000 grant and a private concert by Grammy nominated The Band Perry.

This is the third year “Celebrate My Drive” has been hosted by State Farm Insurance, designed to lower the rate of fatal car crashes for teens 14-18 and unite teens, parents, school officials and community members around teen driver safety in a positive and celebratory way.

Celebrate My Drive asks everyone 14 and older to make a safe driving commitment in support of their favorite school by visiting CelebrateMyDrive.com from October 15-24. The 100 schools to generate the most commitments will win a prize.

Locally you can dedicate your safe driving commitment to either Gonzaga Prep or East Valley High.

Working 4 you: Avoid increasing ATM fees

If you've made an ATM withdrawal recently, you've likely noticed you're spending more money just to get your money. It may seem like only a couple dollars a month, but those fees can add up.

An annual survey from Bankrate recently found that the fees consumers pay to use an ATM that's out of their network climbed another 5% over last year.

On average, a customer will pay a $2.77 surcharge to another bank for using their ATM. Plus add an average of $1.58 to their own bank for a total of $4.35 per transaction.

For some, that may not seem like a lot of money. But really think about how many times per year you take money out of the ATM.

For many consumers the fees can add up quickly.

One way to try and avoid those fees is to download your bank's app, which will likely have a function that maps out the branches and ATM's in your network. It'll come in especially handy when you're far from home.

Also, try skipping the ATM if you can't find a bank branch close to you. Make a cheap debit purchase at a grocery store or other retailer and select the cash back option.

And plan cash spending carefully. That may also trim spending overall.